My latest Love Inspired Historical, Their Frontier Family, is set in Wisconsin in 1869. I know most of us don’t think of Wisconsin as the frontier. But it was part of the country opened up to homesteading in 1862. Western Wisconsin was still wild enough to be included as wilderness.
Now this brings the question of what makes a Western romance? To me it includes: an almost unsettled area of the US, Native Americans or other Hispanic characters, and danger–more than the domestic incidents of a prairie romance. Since my book includes all three factors, I believe it rank as definitely a Western. And I’ll be giving a copy away so don’t forget to leave a comment!
My last series for Love Inspired Historical was the Gabriel Sisters, a series of three Quaker sisters who were trying to bind up the wounds of the nation after the Civil War. The final story, Her Healing Ways, centered on Dr. Mercy Gabriel who set out to practice medicine in Idaho. One of her patients was Sunny, a young pregnant prostitute . Dr. Mercy Gabriel sent Sunny and her baby back to Pennsylvania to stay with her family to help her start a new life, one that won’t end with her own daughter being forced into the life Sunny was born into. After I finished writing Mercy’s story, Sunny wouldn’t stop popping up in my mind so I began to write her story.
Again, the aftermath of the Civil War plays a part since Sunny’s hero, Noah Whitmore, served in the Union Army–even though he was raised a Quaker, raised to be a pacifist. So how do a Quaker Union veteran and a young prostitute come into a marriage of convenience and fall in love? Well, that’s my story!
Now do you agree with my definition of a Western romance? What elements DO YOU think make a novel a Western romance?
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